Everyone very well knows about HP as a laptop brand, since it’s a highly popular selling brand in most countries, and most appreciated for its budget-laptops. However, coming out of its comfort zone, HP has designed a power-packed machine that is even capable of serving as a tablet also.
Although there are many other popular brands like Lenovo and Asus that offer plenty of good 2-in-1 laptop options, they do not have an appealing design and look very dull. Whereas if we compare the Pavilion x360 with its competitors, you will surely like the way it looks and performs. To explore more about the HP Pavilion x360 (15-dq2097nr) laptop, make sure you read this review until the end as we will be telling you if this laptop is worth your hard-earned money or not. Let’s see!
The performance of any laptop basically depends on the two major factors, the processor and the GPU. Unfortunately, it comes with integrated Intel Iris Xe Graphics which actually don’t justify its pricing well as it’s not meant for gaming and other stuff. However, here comes the major role of its highly powerful and efficient Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7 that compensates for all of its performance flaws.
A laptop like this is expected to have a powerful processor, especially when you are paying near-premium prices. Speaking of the processor, it runs at a base frequency of 2.8GHz, it can go as high as 4.7GHz whenever you need to utilize it up to its full potential, thanks to the Turbo Boost Technology offered by Intel. Thus, we are totally satisfied with the performance that comes out of its quad-core chipset. And, we can say you will like it too!
Storage and RAM
Although Graphics and Processors have a crucial role in providing performance, a machine like this is incomplete without a decent memory and storage capacity. Knowing about it very well, HP didn’t bother to put in top-of-the-line 16GB DDR4 3200MHz SDRAM in this laptop that’s good enough for anyone’s multitasking needs. But, what makes this laptop even speedier?
It’s the 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD that not only helps this laptop to boot up within seconds, but the overall user experience becomes so smooth that you can’t say anything bad about this laptop’s performance
Enough about the performance aspects, let’s talk a little about its beautiful design that HP has paid so much attention to. It’s a 15.6 inches laptop, so it’s obvious that it feels large! However, compared to other laptops of similar form-factor, this one weighs only 4.39 pounds which is not lightweight at all, but 100% manageable.
The natural silver color, and the ash silver base and keyboard frame give it a more premium and professional look, just as we like! The overall body is made out of plastic though, but since we didn’t notice any wobble or bending near the keyboard area, it feels as solid as metal.
So far, this laptop has impressed us in every way possible, but when it comes to Display, the story is slightly different from the specs you see on paper. The Pavilion x360 2-in-1 laptop features a beautiful-looking 15.6” Full HD IPS display, seems like a good one, right? Well, the fact that the brightness of this display is just 250nits, it lacks the vibrance and is just not bright enough which eventually makes it look pretty dull.
No, it’s not complete trash, but, for our liking, we are not truly impressed as we have seen much better displays on laptops which are fairly cheaper than this one. Apart from that, since it is a convertible, you can rotate the screen all the way and use it as a normal tablet device, which actually feels great! But, to utilize the touchscreen in the best way possible, we recommend you buy the HP pen that just costs an extra $50.
Keyboard and Touchpad
Like any other premium laptop out there, this one does come with a backlit chiclet keyboard too. Speaking about the keys, they are flat and have a pretty short travel distance. You might feel that the typing experience is a little weird in the initial days.
But, as you spend more time typing on it, it actually feels comforting and is perfectly ideal for everyday use.
Talking about the touchpad, it’s more rectangular than we usually see on most laptops, which might or might not bother you. According to our usage, the touchpad is quite decent and very responsive. Moreover, since it’s quite wide, there’s enough room to use gestures
We can not say the HP Pavilion x360 is loaded with connectivity ports. But, fortunately, it has got all the essential ones for sure.
On the right, it’s great to see a full-size SD card reader, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C port, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port, HDMI, AC adapter. Whereas on the other side, you get a wide air vent along with a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A port, a headphone/mic jack combo, and the power button of this laptop.
Although this laptop has a Type-C port, it does not support power delivery 3.0 and DisplayPort, so you can only connect an external monitor using the HDMI port.
Speaking of Wireless Connectivity features, HP offers you this laptop equipped with Intel Wireless Wi-Fi 6 with 2×2 MU-MIMO technology, and Bluetooth 5 capable of delivering Gigabit transfer speeds.
The battery life of the laptops totally depends on your usage. If you mostly use the laptop for web browsing, the 41Wh Li-ion battery lasts for up to 6 hours 45 minutes. On the other hand, using the laptop for entertainment purposes like watching movies, the battery lasts for slightly longer.
On paper, the video playback battery life is mentioned to be 9 hours, but in real-life usage, the average battery life of this laptop is just between 6-7 hours.
Overall Thoughts about the HP Pavilion x360 2-in-1 Laptop
The HP Pavilion x360 2-in-1 laptop is fairly one of the best-looking laptops out there, but looks aren’t everything actually. We agree this laptop surely has some potential, thanks to the quad-core i7 chipset from Intel. So, if you need a powerful laptop, considering this one won’t be wrong. But, you should also pay attention to other aspects like battery life, display, etc. which are some aspects this laptop needs to improve at. Well, HP did try to offer a decent laptop at a competitive price point, but, it’s not up to our expectations, as of now